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EW's Top 25 from the Last 25

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EW's Top 25 from the Last 25

Postby klondike » June 21st, 2008, 1:37 pm

OK, troops, in case I didn't churn up quite enough murky pond silt with my prior spotlighting of the MSN feature "10 Movie Classics in Need of Downgrading", I am hereby catapulting this mutant melon into the tranquil respite of this Summer Saturday:

- -Entertainment Weekly's Top 25 Movies from the Last 25 Years- -

1) Pulp Fiction
2) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
3) Titanic
4) Blue Velvet
5) Toy Story
6) Saving Private Ryan
7) Hannah and Her Sisters
8) The Silence of the Lambs
9) Die Hard
10) Moulin Rouge (2001)
11) This Is Spinal Tap
12) The Matrix
13) GoodFellas
14) Crumb
15) Edward Scissorhands
16) Boogie Nights
17) Jerry Maguire
18) Do the Right Thing
19) Casino Royale (2006)
20) The Lion King
21) Schindler's List
22) Rushmore
23) Memento
24) A Room With a View
25) Shrek

I've transcribed these entries accurately, but hardly in totem; the magazine article goes on to chronicle another 75 populist choices in descending order, but in my estimation they just serve to reiterate yet more of that pizza/Bud Light/caffeine/text-message aesthetics that currently consumerizes Middle America.
Mind you, I don't necessarily disagree with ALL of the selections in this run-down; just with 90% or so of the logic behind how those choices were arrived at!

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Postby moira finnie » June 21st, 2008, 2:28 pm

Yeah, I guess that list is about what I'd expect from Entertainment Weekly's demographic...but, Blue Velvet in the top 25? Is a puzzlement, number one son,---oops---I've been catching up on my Charlie Chans from the Asians in Film festival. Excuse, please.
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Postby Mr. Arkadin » June 21st, 2008, 3:21 pm

That list is so fraught with problems I don't even know where to begin. Let's just say I think it reflects the general state of the magazine as I see it.

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Postby charliechaplinfan » June 21st, 2008, 4:12 pm

I agree with Toy Story and The Lion King as being good movies of the last 25 years. There has to be something in there for kids.

Of the rest of the list, there are a few I haven't seen. Pulp Fiction is a great movie, a one off, an original.

Moulin Rouge, Schindlers List and Goodfellas are movies I would happily watch again.

Titanic had an unbelievable romance that was targeted at teenagers although once it started to sink it came to life. I was never going to be overly comfortable with a movie when an expensive jewel is chucked back into the ocean :P

Films like Jerry Maguire are entertaining I suppose but one of the best movies of the last 25 years :? . I feel this is a reflection on the filmmakers of today.

I find very few of todays movies entertain me 8) and rightly or wrongly I'm turned off the cinema of today. The only modern film I've watched in the past year is Casino Royale which was the best film in the series for a long time.
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Postby srowley75 » June 21st, 2008, 4:27 pm

I'd love to know how Titanic still manages to rate such respect from their magazine. Granted, during its first run in theaters, everyone was wild about it. But five years later, when it was reduced to the small screen and people were forced to evaluate it for its real merit, everyone I knew thought it was a ponderous joke - even people who weren't that cinema-literate. It's one of the worst-written films ever to gain such acclaim from critics and award-mongers. Critics who lauded that film have no business judging those of yesteryear who praised Cecil B. DeMille's biblical spectacles.


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